Anime was initially a world of its own in the West. It wasn’t really broadcast on mainstream channels (save for children’s shows) and it had more of a cult following than actual mainstream popularity. But, with the rise of the genre’s popularity, anime slowly entered the mainstream and is today a global brand with millions of fans around the world.
This has motivated Western movie companies to focus more on anime and Netflix is a great example of that. Netflix not only streams anime, it has also entered the anime production business. Now, this article is going to focus on what Netflix has to offer at the moment, as we are going to bring you a list of the 35 best anime series and films that you can watch on Netflix right now.
Best Anime on Netflix
The list we have prepared for you is going to be quite diverse and will include both movies and anime series. There are going to be some old titles, and some new ones, with the main criteria being the overall quality and cultural impact of the movie or series.
35. When Marnie Was There
Original Release: July 19, 2014
Running Time: 103 minutes
Anna is a shy and introverted 12-year-old orphan girl who lives in Sapporo with her adoptive mother Yoriko with whom she has a difficult relationship, also heightened by the latter’s guilt, who keeps her from receiving a public subsidy for the adoption of Anna.
Since she suffers from asthma, on the advice of her doctor, she is sent for the summer holidays to Kiyomasa and Setsu Ōiwa, a couple of relatives who live in the small seaside village of Kissakibetsu, in eastern Hokkaidō, where Anna will be able to breathe the air good of the sea.
Despite the warm welcome of the two spouses, Anna is still unable to relate to the local peers and she prefers to spend days wandering alone around the village drawing landscapes.
One of her many destinations is a large uninhabited villa on the other side of the marsh, but one day it seems to Anna that the house lights come on and she seems to catch a glimpse of a blonde girl behind one of the windows, who reveals her name is Marnie.
34. Blue Exorcist
Number of Episodes: 37 (+ OVA)
The world of Blue Exorcist is made up of two dimensions that oppose each other like two sides of mirrors. The first is the world in which human beings live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Normally travel and even any form of contact between the two is impossible.
However, demons can pass into this world possessing all that exists within it. Satan is the god of demons, but there is one thing he does not have: a receptacle in the human world powerful enough to contain it.
To this end, he fathered Okumura Rin and Okumura Yukio (but only Rin inherited Satan’s powers, Yukio being too weak), his sons, from a human woman, but are the latter in accordance with his plans, or should they become something else?
After killing Guardian Father Fujimoto, in an attempt that should have allowed Rin to return to the demon world, he gives her a dream: to become an exorcist to defeat the demon god.
33. Castle in the Sky
Original Release: August 2, 1986
Running Time: 124 minutes
Sky pirates, the “Dora Band”, attack a flying fortress; they are looking for a “flying stone” belonging to a young girl, Sheeta, held prisoner. The latter manages to escape to land at Pazu, a boy of her age. The two discover that they have one thing in common: Laputa, a legendary island floating in the sky. Pazu’s father had seen it with his own eyes but no one had believed it, leaving him to die of grief; but Sheeta has this “flying stone” that leads to the island.
Pursued by the pirates and by Muska, a secret service agent supported by the army fleet, the two children help each other to get there before them. Muska wants to use the young girl to succeed in reigning over these lands.
32. Ocean Waves
Original Release: May 5, 1993
Running Time: 72 minutes
Rikako Mutō is a student from Tokyo who has just been transferred to one of the institutes in Kōchi, a coastal city far from the capital, after her parents’ divorce. Rikako is a beautiful, intelligent young woman, good at studies and sports. However, she is unable to adapt to the social life of the school. Taku Morisaki and Yutaka Matsuno, two great friends from high school, attend the same high school, the former of whom begins to notice the young newcomer visibly.
31. Pom Poko
Original Release: July 16, 1994
Running Time: 119 minutes
In the late 1960s, excessive urban development in Japan caused by the Tama New Town project is leading to intensive logging of Tama Hill near Tokyo, putting tanuki lands at risk. In the early 1990s, at the beginning of the Heisei era, the tanuki of all the hills of Tama, spurred on by the matriarch Oroku (called “fireball”) decide to work to stop the urban development led by humans.
The patriarchal council decides to study the nature of humans and to teach the young tanuki the art of “transformism”, a magical art lost in time that allows the tanuki to change their appearance while leading the resistance are the aggressive Gonta, the old Seizaemon, the wise Oroku, and the young Shoukichi.
The group of tanuki then exploits their illusory abilities to sabotage the jobs of humans, injuring and even causing the (involuntary) death of some of them, and forcing some frightened workers to leave their jobs. However, the urban planning of the humans does not stop, and the desperate tanuki send messengers on expeditions to ask for help from the patriarchs of other regions.
30. Porco Rosso
Original Release: July 18, 1992
Running Time: 94 minutes
Born in 1893, Marco Pagot is an ace of the Regia Aeronautica who has a near-death experience during a fight during the First World War. Miraculously survived, he came out with a disfigured face, which took on the appearance of a pig’s snout.
Abandoning the aeronautics and social life (including love for Gina, a childhood friend who became the owner of a hotel set up on a small island in the Adriatic and frequented by smugglers enchanted by her singing skills and her beauty), he retires to the Dalmatian coast, earning a living with the bounties placed on the pirates of the air fighting with his Savoia S.21 monoplane seaplane (or S.21 “Folgore”, after having mounted the engine of the same name), painted red, hence the nickname “Porco Rosso”.
29. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Original Release: March 11, 1984
Running Time: 117 minutes
A thousand years have passed since the fall of industrial civilization during the “seven days of fire”, a planetary war of immeasurable violence. Humanity is surviving as best they can in a few enclaves threatened by the fukai, a gigantic forest that is constantly gaining ground and whose spores are fatal for the majority of living beings.
This thick jungle is protected by giant insects which have adapted to this environment. The “ômus” are its main representatives, by their size and their sensitivity. The Valley of the Wind is a small agricultural kingdom, protected from spores and fukai by sea winds.
His peace of mind is disturbed by the sinking of a huge ship of the Tolmec Empire, which has been targeted by insects from an unfortunate stopover in the poisonous forest. In order to recover the cargo of this vessel, the Tolmec troops invaded the valley; they assassinate old King Jill and take his daughter Nausicaä prisoner.
28. YuYu Hakusho
Number of Episodes: 112
Fourteen-year-old Yusuke Urameshi is the perfect thug: brawler and rebel. Yet one day he dies saving a little boy from an accident, but this child would have miraculously survived even if Yusuke hadn’t intervened. Not foreseen by the authorities of the kingdom of the dead, his sacrifice poses a problem.
This is why he is offered to come back to life, after having succeeded in proving that he is worthy of it. He then becomes a detective of the spirit world without knowing it, and is endowed with powers that will help him in his various tasks, both in the human world and in that of the spirits.
Helped by Botan, the “ferryman of souls” who settled her case at the time of her “death”, of her friend Kuwabara, and under the direction of Enma junior, the son of the Dark King in charge of the examination of souls , he is tasked with finding three demons (Goki, Hiei and Kurama) who have stolen three relics from the world of darkness: the sword of darkness, a mirror and the ball of Gaki.
27. Seven Deadly Sins
Number of Episodes (Seasons): 120 + 3 OVA
Liones, Kingdom of Britannia. The Grand Master of the Sacred Knights Zaratras was brutally murdered, and the culprits would be an order of legendary knights numbering seven in the service of the king who wanted to overthrow the throne.
Ten years later, a young girl named Elizabeth Liones goes in search of those mysterious knights who once were the pride of Liones: the Seven Deadly Sins, a group of seven great criminals chosen by the king himself, to foil a schemed plot by the sacred knights against royalty. It was then that she ran aground at the Boar Hat, a tavern owned by a little boy with his pig Hawk.
But what was her surprise when she discovered that the child at the head of the tavern was none other than the Sin of the Dragon of Wrath, leader of the Seven Deadly Sins, Meliodas. This is when their adventures begin in search of the other six Deadly Sins, in order to save Liones.
26. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Original Release: November 23, 2013
Running Time: 137 minutes
The story begins when an elderly peasant couple finds a tiny girl inside a bamboo plant and decides to adopt her as their daughter. Quickly turned into a beautiful woman, she is sought after by many men, including the emperor.
However, her initial joy is reduced to sadness, as she assures her that the people from the Moon will come for her, the place from which she is originally from.
The promotional poster announces “The crime of a princess and her punishment” and starts from the premise of a beautiful woman who was born from a bamboo whose cutter welcomes her into her home where she will be raised, along with the cutter’s wife, as a daughter.
25. Angel Beats!
Number of Episodes: 13
The characters are teenagers who have died – often in a tragic way – who have not had an easy life or who have not been able to achieve their dreams, their ambitions. They are all in a world that is life after death, a place where they have to try to live normally again to fulfill their dreams in order to disappear or admit that they had a good time together.
But a young girl, Yuri, wants revenge on God, for the evil he has done to them in the real world. The day Otonashi arrives in this new world, he is forced to integrate. But who is this girl with white hair? An angel, the servant of that famous God the group is looking for? Yuri, along with his whole group, will try to unravel these mysteries during the 13 episodes.
24. Kuroko’s Basketball
Number of Episodes: 75 + 3 OVA
At Teiko College, the basketball club was known to be one of the best in the country. Within the establishment, five sports geniuses were known as the “Generation Miracles”. However, the five members considered a sixth player to be just as amazing an item as they were: the ghost player.
At the end of their schooling in the college of Teiko, the five prodigies dispersed to high schools of fame, each desiring to lead their team to the top.
This is how Tetsuya Kuroko (the phantom player in question), a young boy with a puny appearance, able to direct the attention of others elsewhere to make himself invisible, joined the modest high school of Seirin, newly built and eager to find new talent for its various sports clubs.
Original Release: July 19, 2008
Running Time: 101 minutes
Fujimoto, a wizard who abandoned the human world to live on the ocean floor, experiments with “water of life,” a liquid that strengthens marine life; He thus hopes one day to upset the ecological balance and see the sea, mistreated by men, regain its preeminence.
The eldest of her daughters, Brunehilde, a five-year-old goldfish with a human face, takes advantage of her father’s moment of inattention to slip through a window of the submarine and reach the surface, under the parasol protector of a jellyfish.
As she marveled at terrestrial nature, she sees in the distance Sôsuké, a little boy of her age living in a house on a cliff, descend into the cave with his toy boat. Suddenly, she is surprised by a trawler, whose net carries a large amount of garbage, and finds herself stuck in a glass jar.
22. When They Cry
Number of Episodes: 89
June 1983, Maebara Keiichi is a young student belonging to a middle-class family, who in search of rest decides to move to the small and secluded village of Hinamizawa. Here, the forest air is strange, and mysterious, but Keiichi manages to feel comfortable in that place that somehow looks so cozy.
He also makes some friends at his new school, and with them he engages in after-school club activities, mostly playing strategy and card games. The days go by and the town seems as normal and calm as ever until the arrival of “Watanagashi”, a local festival in which the god Oyashiro-sama is thanked.
Keiichi learns that for four years on the night of the festival one person dies and another disappears, as a result of a curse unleashed by the fury of this god. Then his world will start to distort. Keiichi feels that something is watching him closely, that his friends are keeping secrets from him, and that Hinamizawa’s story is even darker and more sinister than he ever imagined.
And so, little by little, Keiichi will be involved in all these events and with Oyashiro-sama, finding clues and data that seem to lead to a unique and disturbing truth.
21. Guilty Crown
Number of Episodes (Seasons): 22
Tokyo, 2039. Having suffered deeply from the epidemic of the Apocalypse virus that occurred on the day of Lost Christmas, which weakened the foundations of its power ten years earlier, Japan can now only hold out through the external support of several countries, which has been maintained by the military regime of the GHQ where the value of each life has become insignificant.
It is in this context that Ouma Shū, a young student who feels bad about himself, finds Inori, singer of the EGOIST group in his lair: the young girl, injured, has just stolen from Sephirah Genomics a precious cylinder intended for Gai, leader of the terrorist group. Undertaker. Fledged by the Anti-Bodies, an intervention group under the direction of the GHQ, Inori is kidnapped and Shū, powerless, nevertheless decides to finish his mission.
Interrupted by an explosion as he meets Gai, Shū sets off in search of Inori, whom he discovers being targeted by two Endlaves (movable armor) as she tries to escape. Interposing themselves to protect her from their shots, the cylinder containing the Void Genome then breaks and gives Shū a strange power.
Number of Episodes: 25
The story takes place 10 years before the events of Fate/stay night. During the Holy Grail War, seven great mages (Masters) appointed by the Holy Grail will summon seven mythical spirits (Servants) to wage a fierce struggle until only one remain.
After three unsuccessful wars, the fight is about to resume for the fourth time, and the mages rush back to Fuyuki, the battlefield, each praying for victory. Indeed, the Holy Grail will offer the winner the possibility of granting his dearest wish.
Among these seven Masters, one of them, Kirei Kotomine, does not seem to show any determination to acquire this Holy Grail, while in contrast, Kiritsugu Emiya is fighting with all her might to obtain it. The rivalry between these two men, as well as the unfolding of the various struggles between Masters and Servants, forms the heart of the story.
19. Cardcaptor Sakura
Number of Episodes: 70
Sakura Kinomoto is a fourth-grade girl leading a very normal life. But one day, she is attracted to a noise in her father’s library. While searching for the origin of the sound, she finds a mysterious book: The Book of Clow, which she opens by accident.
She then accidentally drops almost all of the Clow Cards that were there, and only manages to keep one: the wind card. By her ability to open the seal of the book, Sakura discovers that she has special powers and that it is her responsibility to recover the scattered cards. She, therefore, becomes the “Cardcaptor”.
18. Kiki’s Delivery Service
Original Release: July 29, 1989
Running Time: 103 minutes
According to the tradition of the witches, when they turn thirteen they must leave their parents’ house and look for a city where their services are required, and stay there for a year. In this way, Kiki will begin the path that will lead her to become a witch for good.
She makes this trip with her friend Jiji, a very nice black cat, and rides her flying broom. Her initial journey will take her to settle in a maritime city where she will begin to know the world and to know herself. During her trip, she will meet great friends, such as Tombo or Osono.
17. Shaman King
Number of Episodes: 64 / 52
Status: Ended / Ongoing
Manta is a very ordinary college student. One day, crossing a cemetery to save time, he meets Yoh, a shaman. Yoh can see the ghosts, and merge with them to use their skills. His dream is to become Shaman King, the shaman possessing the ultimate ghost, the Great Spirit, and universal knowledge.
But the road is strewn with pitfalls, and many other shamans have the same goal: to win the Shaman Fight.
16. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Number of Episodes: 50
On August 10, 2010, the Holy Empire of Britain declares war on Japan, which, conquered, loses all rights, and is renamed “Area 11”. Lelouch promises his friend Suzaku that he will annihilate Britannia. Seven years later, in Tokyo, the young Briton Lelouch Lamperouge sees his childhood friend Suzaku Kururugi, who has obtained British citizenship and joined the army.
In a dramatic situation, in which the Japanese of the Shinjuku ghetto are exterminated by order of the British Prince Clovis, Lelouch, mistaken for a Japanese terrorist and about to be executed, receives a mysterious girl named C.C. the Geass the “Power of Kings”, which makes him capable of subduing the will of others, of controlling people with only eye contact.
C.C. establishes a solid relationship of complicity with Lelouch, so much so that she seems to be her woman, and she, reciprocated in her feelings, will remain by her side until her very end.
15. Violet Evergarden
Number of Episodes: 13 + OVA
The story is set around a young girl who performs the trade of “automatic memory dolls”: dolls initially created by Professor Orland to help his blind wife Mollie write her novels, and later rented out to others. people who needed their services.
The term refers to people who perform the function of a public writer, whose purpose is to transcribe the words and feelings of people. After four years of bitter warfare, this young girl with a heavy past tries not without difficulty to rebuild her future, starting with the exercise of this profession. However, among all the wounds inflicted on him during the war, there is one that seems unwilling to heal.
The words of a loved one still echo in her heart, without the young girl knowing the real reason. She wants to know, to understand their meaning. Thus begins the quest of Violet Evergarden, learning mixed with letters, encounters, and various emotions.
14. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Number of Episodes: 26 (plus numerous films)
In 2000, a gigantic explosion occurred in Antarctica. This cataclysm, officially caused by the fall of an asteroid, causes the waters to rise several tens of meters and devastates a large part of the planet, causing the death of two billion people as well as a new world war.
Fifteen years later, mankind has overcome this dramatic event referred to as the “Second Impact” but mysterious giant creatures, the Angels, appear and attempt to destroy Tokyo-3, the new capital fortress of Japan.
To combat them, the secret organization NERV has developed the “Evangelion” (or “EVA”), humanoid giants of mechanical appearance. Shinji Ikari, a 14-year-old boy, goes to Tokyo-3 at the invitation of his father, the director of NERV, whom he has not seen for ten years. Little did he know that he was called to pilot an EVA and take part in the fight against the “Third Angel”.
This is only the first in a long series where he will be accompanied by Rei Ayanami, and later Asuka Soryu Langley, and where each clash can lead to the demise of humanity.
But they will also have to settle their own internal conflicts while the mysterious organization SEELE, which secretly directs the NERV, tries to set up its “Plan of complementarity of the Man” whose goal is to make the human race evolve towards a new stage.
13. One-Punch Man
Number of Episodes: 24 + 12 OVA
Saitama is an unemployed, depressed young man with no deep purpose in his life. One day, he meets a crab man who is looking for a young boy “with a chin slit like an ass” in his words. Saitama ends up meeting this young boy and decides to save him from the crab man, whom he manages to beat with difficulty.
From then on, Saitama decides to become a superhero and trains for three years very seriously: 100 push-ups, 100 squats, 100 sit-ups, and 10 km of running every day and there are no heating or air conditioning conditions. At the end of his training, “so intense that he loses his hair”, he notices that he has become so strong that he now manages to beat all his opponents with one punch.
His disproportionate strength is a source of problems for him since he cannot find opponents of his size and is bored in his job as a hero because the fights no longer give him any sensation or adrenaline.
12. My Hero Academia
Number of Episodes: 113 + 5 OVA
In a world where 80% of the world’s population has superpowers, here called “Alters”, we follow the adventures of Izuku Midoriya, “Deku”, one of the few humans who does not have an Alter.
Despite this, Izuku dreams of joining the super-heroic stream of the great Yuei academy and one day becoming one of the greatest heroes of his time. One day, Izuku had the chance to meet his lifelong idol, All Might, the number 1 superhero. Ultimately, he will give Izuku his Quirk, the One For All, making Izuru a true superhero in his own right.
11. Howl’s Moving Castle
Original Release: September 5, 2004
Running Time: 119 minutes
An eighteen-year-old girl, Sophie, who works in her late father’s store, accidentally meets a mysterious wizard named Hauru, during a chase. The latter then takes her in sympathy.
However, the witch of the Landes, who is in love with Hauru, becomes jealous of the attention paid to Sophie by the latter. To get revenge, she decides to transform the young girl into a ninety-year-old lady. Unable to reveal this transformation to her family, she locks herself in her home, then runs away.
In the mountains, she meets an enchanted scarecrow whom she affectionately calls Turnip. This leads her to the Howl’s Moving Castle. Once inside, and after having noticed a total insalubrity, she meets the fire demon, Calcifer.
He moves the castle and guesses that Sophie has been the victim of a spell. He then offers to break the spell but Sophie will have to help him in turn in order to break the pact that unites him with Hauru.
10. Fullmetal Alchemist
Number of Episodes: 51
The Elric brothers (Edward and Alphonse) inherited their alchemical talent from their father who left the family home and never returned. Following the death of their mother, the two young people try to revive her thanks to alchemy, by making a human transmutation despite the prohibition.
The operation fails and the two brothers suffer the backlash. Al disappears and Ed loses his leg but saves his brother deprived of his body by fixing his spirit in the metal body of medieval armor with a transmutation circle traced with his blood, but for this must sacrifice an arm.
Subsequently, he will use mechanical prostheses in metal, the automails. Ed then takes the exam and becomes State Alchemist, so he can travel and find the Philosopher’s Stone, so he and his brother can find their bodies.
9. Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Number of Episodes: 48
Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum has a new plan: tour the world! But first, he and his partner Pikachu head to the opening of the Cherry Lab, a research center dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of the Pokémon in each region.
Ash meets Goh, another boy with boundless curiosity for Pokémon, and they both rejoice when Professor Cherry asks them to become fellow official investigators. With Ash as determined as ever to become a Pokémon Master, and Goh aspiring to capture one of each Pokémon (including the Mythical / Rare Mew), our heroes are ready for adventure and excitement as they explore the vast world of Pokémon!
8. Cowboy Bebop
Number of Episodes (Seasons): 26
In 2071, the Bebop spacecraft crew travel the solar system in search of bounties. In the slang of the time, these bounty hunters were called “cowboys”. Most episodes revolve around a bounty; however, the center of the story is each character’s past and more general old events, which connect as the series progresses.
The first story is that of Spike Spiegel, a former member of a criminal organization, the Red Dragons, who is haunted by a love triangle he experienced with his former Red Dragons teammate, Vicious, and a mysterious woman named Julia. The second story revolves around Faye Valentine, an indebted player with amnesia awakened from cryogenic sleep, whose past is a mystery.
The other characters also have pasts to explore: Jet Black, a former officer of the ISSP interplanetary police agency and owner of the ship (the Bebop), Edward, a gifted and hyperactive young hacker, and Ein, a “data dog”. escaped from a lab, possessing superior intelligence but behaving most of the time like a normal dog.
7. Tokyo Ghoul
Number of Episodes: 48
In the city of Tokyo, creatures called ghouls have appeared that feed on human flesh to survive. One day, Ken Kaneki, a young student, was attacked by one of them and suffered a serious injury. To stay alive, he receives a transplant from the ghoul that attacked him and becomes a hybrid, half-human, half-ghoul (artificial one-eye).
Quickly, he realizes that he cannot eat the same foods as before. He then entered the service of the Anteiku café, a haunt of ghouls, where he learned to eat without harming humans.
But he will soon find himself at the heart of a bloody war between the CCG (Center for Ghoul Control), determined to find and exterminate them to the last, and the Aogiri Tree, an organization of merciless ghouls. He discovers that ghouls are not that different from humans, and little by little he will start to adapt.
6. Demon Slayer
Number of Episodes: 33
In Taishō era Japan, Tanjirō is the eldest son of a family of coal merchants whose father has passed away. To meet her needs, he left to sell charcoal in town. Despite the difficulties of life, they manage to find little happiness in their daily life.
One day, due to rumors circulating about a man-eating demon hanging around after dark, he is unable to return home and ends up spending the night with a Good Samaritan in the city. Only, everything changes on his return when he finds his family massacred by a demon.
Nezuko, one of her younger sisters, is the only survivor but she has been transformed into a demon. She initially attacks Tanjirō, but she continues to show signs of human emotions and thoughts, which is when a demon slayer named Giyū Tomioka steps in.
While trying to eliminate Nezuko, Giyū realizes the bond between brother and sister Kamado, and decides to leave them by sheathing his sword. On Giyū’s advice, Tanjirō goes to his master Sakonji Urokodaki to train to become a demon slayer, in order to begin his journey to find an antidote that can make his little sister human again.
5. Princess Mononoke
Original Run: July 12, 1997
Running Time: 133 minutes
The story takes place in medieval Japan (Muromachi era). Ashitaka, the prince of the tribe of the Emishis, a reclusive people north of Honshū, is cursed after killing Naggo, a boar god turned demon: his arm is animated with a supernatural force, but is eaten away by the demonic entity.
The shaman of the village says he is doomed to die and advises him to leave the village in order to seek in the west the cause of nature’s anger and the hope of finding the reason for his curse.
4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Number of Episodes: 64
In the land of Amestris, a land where alchemy is elevated to the rank of universal science, two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, roam the country in search of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
Their father left them and their mother, Trisha Elric, died a few years later of an illness, leaving her two young children behind. Sometime later, the two brothers try to bring her back through alchemy, defying the law which formally prohibits human transmutation. They will pay a heavy price for it. Edward, the eldest, will lose his left leg, his little brother his whole body.
Ed will sacrifice his right arm by sealing the soul of his little brother Alphonse in armor. Edward decides to enlist in the military at the age of 12 as a State Alchemist, passes the exam with flying colors, and gets his alchemist name: Fullmetal.
Helped by Edward’s status as a state alchemist, the two brothers will seek, at the risk of their lives, the stone that will give them back what they have lost, but the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone is well kept.
3. My Neighbor Totoro
Original Release: April 16, 1988
Running Time: 86 minutes
The story is set in the Tokyo hinterland of the 1950s. Little sisters Satsuki and Mei are moving with their father to Tokorozawa, a small country village. The move is to move closer to their mom who is hospitalized.
Mei, exploring her new home and following traces of acorns, encounters two creatures with long ears, one very small with white fur and one larger and blue: following them into the large camphor tree that dominates the area, she meets Totoro, a good spirit with a somewhat picturesque appearance: a cross between a mole, a bear and a raccoon.
2. Death Note
Number of Episodes: 37
Light Yagami is a gifted high school student who judges today’s world to be criminal, rotten, and corrupt. His life changes dramatically the day he accidentally picks up a mysterious notebook called “Death Note”. Its instructions for use say that “the person whose name is written in this notebook dies.”
At first skeptical, Light decides to test the notebook and discovers that his power is very real. He meets the former owner of the Death Note, a god of death named Ryûk. He explains to him that he has voluntarily dropped his notebook in order to be entertained. Thus begins their murderous game.
1. Spirited Away
Original Release: July 20, 2001
Running Time: 125 minutes
Chihiro and her parents are forced to move to another city. During the move, his father decides to take a shortcut to save time, however, they get lost and arrive at a building with a strange tunnel in the center. Even though Chihiro refuses to enter, his parents insist on following the tunnel.
On the other side, they discover an apparently abandoned village; the family chooses to explore the place and end up finding a restaurant where they decide to stop and eat. Chihiro leaves them to continue investigating. As night falls a mysterious young man named Haku appears and orders Chihiro to leave the place before it completely gets dark.